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Essential, Invisible Enterprises and IBM i

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Bill Langston

NGS supports customers of all sizes and across all industries. These companies create, distribute, and provide products and services that we all rely on or consume on a daily basis – engine parts, steel, agricultural products, snack foods, pest control services, groceries, medical devices, containers, tools, paint, lighting, carpet, newspapers, clothes, healthcare services, tires, financial services, sporting goods, education, and on and on. The bond they share is their decision to run their core business on IBM i.

Unless you work for one of these companies or know someone who does, you can easily take their products for granted and go through life without much thought to their importance to our economy and the quality of our lives. When operating well, they do what they do so reliably that they become almost invisible to us. However, they are no less essential.

In the same vein, we assume you want your essential business information systems to perform the same way – reliably and nearly invisibly. That’s probably one reason your company runs its core business processes on IBM i.

In this technological age where everything from what we’re having for dinner to what darling things our kids and pets are doing is broadcasted instantaneously through social media, virtually no one but vendors and IBM talk about IBM i. Why? Because people talk about the things that surprise, delight, and annoy them. They tweet and post about things that incite emotion, not things they take for granted.

Business software and computers like the ones we run are designed to be taken for granted, just like some of the products and services mentioned above.

So, we will continue being invisible but essential, doing what we do best – developing and modifying business software to meet our customers’ needs.

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Data Encryption Strategies for NGS-IQ Customers

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Bill Langston


NGS-IQ operates in compliance with your IBM i security environment and also lets you control data and query access at a more granular level by using the optional IQ SeQure module. But if your company stores credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other sensitive information in DB2 on i, you should be using encryption to further restrict access. By taking advantage of features introduced in release IBM i release 7.1, NGS-IQ, and a proven encryption solution, you can support enterprise reporting and business intelligence without compromising your sensitive data. We encourage you to learn more by watching this short video produced by NGS business partner, Linoma Software. There is a link to request a data security White Paper from NGS and Linoma Software at the end of the video.

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Qport Office for IBM Query/400 Users —
Really, There’s No Catch

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Bill Langston

Most of us have a strong degree of skepticism about how companies market their products and services. We see “FREE!” and our eyes narrow and our minds say, “Don’t believe it!” Often that caution is warranted, but every once in a while, it isn’t. NGS’s offer of Qport Office is one of those rare times.

Qport Office is a terrific tool that gives IBM Query/400 users a Windows run-only interface so that they can output Query/400 queries directly to Microsoft Excel, Word and Access. You can obtain a two-concurrent user license of Qport Office without paying a license fee. We invite you to read the recent MC Press “TechTip” article explaining the features and benefits of Qport Office.

We encourage you to order Qport Office today. When you do, you’ll receive 90 days of toll-free telephone and online technical support from NGS. After 90 days you can elect to extend support for a nominal fee, but the software will continue to work whether or not you do so.

Of course, we hope you’ll like using Qport Office and discover we’re a great company to work with. Maybe someday you’ll decide to take a look at our more advanced query, reporting, and online analytical processing software for IBM i users. Until then, why not order and use Qport Office? There's no catch.

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